Be rail safe and make it home for the holidays

As the hustle and bustle of the holidays takes over in the coming week and we gather with family and friends to celebrate, let’s take a minute to ensure we’re all practicing proper rail safety as we travel to our many destinations.

 Ask yourself:

  • Do you know what those warning signs mean as you approach a highway-railway crossing?
  • Do you know what the railway crossing sign, also known as the crossbuck, looks like?
  • What do you do when you're approaching a crossing and you hear an engine whistle?
  • Do you proceed or back up if you find yourself stopped on the tracks and a train is approaching? 

Do you know the answer to these questions? 

If you said no to more than one (or really, even one!), it’s a good indicator that a rail safety refresher is needed.  But where to start?

Now that you’re prepped and ready to take on holiday traffic, with your rail safety knowledge all up to snuff, please acknowledge that not everyone will be celebrating with their loved ones over the holidays.

Just take a second

December 23, 2013 will mark the 10th anniversary of Nick Reed’s tragic death. On that day in 2003, Nick was struck and killed by a train and it forever changed the holiday season for his family. Please, take a moment to read the story of Nick as told by his father, Harvey Reed.

Please remember! 

When you’re traveling the roads this holiday season, sharing and making memories with your family, don’t let impatience interfere with your judgment when approaching a rail crossing — just take a second and LOOK! LISTEN! LIVE!


Be Rail Safe & Happy Holidays!

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